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10 Fresh Takes on Pasta

June 14, 2013

Everyone knows how to make pasta. Boil water, pour in dry pasta, follow the instructions on the back of the box, and voilà: a heaping plate of spaghetti, penne, or farfalle. But just because pasta is simple doesn't mean it has to be boring. Here are 10 recipes to help you turn up the flavor on your basic pasta dishes. Don't just douse your pasta in butter -- add sauces, cheeses, and vegetables that will take your pasta game to a whole new level.

Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy


Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta by TheWimpyVegetarian


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Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil and Brie by merrill

Craig Claiborne's Pasta con Asparagi
 by Genius Recipes


The (Not Barefoot) Contessa's Fish Pasta by fisheri


Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta
by amanda

Down and Dirty Pasta e Ceci
by fisheri

Daddy's Carbonara
by Eric Liftin 

Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi
by cdilaura

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
 by amanda

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Christina @. June 17, 2013
Maybe you have to be Italian not to think that pasta gets "boring." Fresh, homemade pasta sauce, no matter which I choose to make never tastes boring to me, my family, or any other Italian family I know. In fact my son doesn't complain if he has it for lunch AND dinner (which I don't approve of, naturally.) One of my favorites is my Zia's Vodka sauce recipe, which is ready before the pasta is finished cooking, so it's fabulous for when you have nothing planned for dinner, but want something quick and homemade- http://www.christinascucina.com/2013/06/zia-francescas-penne-alla-vodka.html
Hello.IamPhat June 16, 2013
These dishes are too beautiful to eat....
Luvtocook June 16, 2013
I call these fabulous dishes "guilty pleasures" and necessary (occasionally) for the good of my soul! Thanks for a great (and no doubt delicious) variety of recipes...
ZombieCupcake June 14, 2013
Agree olive oil lol
maye June 14, 2013
Mmmm carbs
sexyLAMBCHOPx June 14, 2013
I would love to eat these dishes, but man carbs are not this working girl's friend.